About Mary Papoulias-Platis


Mary Papoulias-Platis is a native Californian, born and raised in San Diego. Her parents immigrated from Greece, settling in San Diego.  Since she was a child, Mary’s favorite pass-time was spending countless hours playing with her brothers and cousins along the coast in breathtaking San Diego.

Mary stayed in Southern California to pursue a college education. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a teaching credential, and a Master in Computer Education. She has always been most passionate about teaching students how to read and write. Mary has taught many years in North County San Diego, and over the years has continued to create innovative ways of engaging her students. One of her favorite tactics is to include cooking classes into her lesson plan!

In addition to her teaching career, Mary opened the first children’s bookstore in North County San Diego called “The Reading Patch”. Here, she held author signings, live events, art classes, and wrote a children’s newsletter that was sent out to the local teachers and parents. While Mary has enjoyed her many years as an educator, she has also loved being a culinary chef.

Mary has been a food blogger for over 15 years, at California Greek Girl, where she writes about her family’s Greek culture and recipes. She is the author of a her cookbook, “Cooking Techniques with Olive Oil” and over the years, Mary has been the brand-ambassador for Bragg Live Foods and their Greek Olive Oil. Her cookbook allowed Mary to travel to olive groves, olive oil stores, and become an expert on olive oil with her completion of her olive oil certification from U.C. Davis.

She currently has opened her new culinary school, Ethos Culinary in Carlsbad, California. More information on Ethos Culinary, can be found at the website: www.ethosculinary.com. Here, with many years of experience in the food industry, she presents culinary events, farmer’s dinner, classes, and individual instruction to her clients. Mary stays busy writing her next cookbook, developing recipes for her classes and events. Mary’s interests are about her travels along the beautiful California coastline, as well as her enjoyment of Greek cooking, gardening, and the lifestyle that she has created with her family and friends over the years.

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You can reach me for special engagements, food demonstrations, cooking classes, or catering  events at my email me : mary@californiagreekgirl.com

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“If you live according to nature, you will never be poor; but if according to opinions, you will never be rich. Nature demands little, opinion a great deal.” Epicurus